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Friday, April 20, 2017 

Charles Town
$54.80 TRI

Charles Town
    $50.80 EXA

Charles Town
    $51.80 EXA

Charles Town
    $143.80 TRI

Charles Town
    $108.00 TRI

    $108.60 SUPER

    $29.80 EXA

    $113.40 TRI

    $401.20 SUPER


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He has Good Magic in the Derby, plus other top stakes horses running at Churchill.Read More
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From this morning's Racing Post web-site: Training John Gosden tells the Racing Post that Roaring Lion will now likely miss the upcoming G1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and be aimed instead at the G2 Dante Stakes at York. Giving an update at Windsor Racecourse on Monday evening, trainer John Gosden said, "only unscheduled soft ground would lead to Roaring Lion lining up at Newmarket on May 5th." "The way he's training he looks like a mile-and-a- quarter horse, so he may instead go for the Dante and we could also look at the Prix du Jockey Club for him."
Horses do not tell time. Nor do they watch the odds. They race against each other, sometimes. Other times they run when asked. Other times still, they run a little faster when spanked or shown the stick. Magnum races other horses for more fun after he plays with them. He looks at them eye to eye and wants to outrun them. That is rare and reminds me of a FD/KD winner of days gone by.
MENDELSSOHN is the youngest of the derby field. will turn 3yr. on MAY 17.
Yes he is bread for the mile
Correction: left out KD winner since Apollo NOT TO RUN as 2yo. I Know how superficial the HRN bloggers are so my apologies for the mos step.
When do colts have their greatest stored energy? When are they capable in running close to their top speed when it is needed? What does it take in a field of 20 to get good position into the clubhouse turn at Churchill? All out front end lick right out of the gate that first 1320 feet. Want to be left 8 wide on the clubhouse turn, or crushed inside that mass who were outgunned for early position? Break slow and don't HIT the gas as quickly as you can and those options will be open to you. Just review the majority of Derbies over the years: How many were wire jobs? A lot Which of these animals has been thrown into a mix where those speedy potentials were thrown at them (IN MASS) as the pace of the race? NOT too many. ENERGY : the more used early, the less there is late AND Conversely: the less used early, the more that is left to use later. This race (though complicated by limited experiences) is nothing more than figuring out where each serious competitor fits on the energy scale. THROW in the complete randomness of an unknown and almost guaranteed rowdy trip for many, and this RACE is EASY to figure out, ISN'T IT?
This Apollo curse BS and the post position BS stat is BS! Misses the the target. A good horse player would ignore those stats. Why a KD winner since Apollo never won the the KD? Nothing to do with this year. So much BS on these meaningless stats which were blown away in 2017 KD anyway. No good handicapper would base his conclusions on those stats on a 20 horse stampede. Stats to hell, who is the the bull in the heard, Justify! 2nd 3rd 4th if playing a superfecta, look at last year. Ignore the tote, play your heart play your long shots.
Magnum Moon, Really? That horse beat nobody and the Ark Derby is the easiest race Pletcher could find for him. That race was so slow I thought I was watching a claiming race at Gulf Stream Park. Trying to be nice but he is not in my top 6. Bet him all day then after read this again.
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Handicapper Jarrod Horak's best bet for Tuesday is the 5th race from Indiana Grand.Read More
  • travel_vic · contenders: 4 Proven Warrior 3 Hollywood Talent 8 Will Munnings 2 Citali ..4 & 3 go out, then 2 & 6 come later ...FORM: 4 2 3 8 7 1 5..Best two lines ever: 4 2 3 7 1 6 Best paced races: 3 2 4 7 8 6.....Composite: 4 3 7 8 2 1..4BL_SP:4 2 3 7 1 8 · 7 hours ago
Justify with a decent trip. He is so big he can’t be pushed around in a 20 horse stampede. Probably has 300lbs on the next biggest runner. Breeding is exceptional when you go deep. Either way best superfecta bet of the year. If the track is dry and fast will be a hot pace. Closers like My Boy Jack at a price in the money. Long shots like Lone Sailor and Hofburg can score too. Not a fan of Good Magic. BC at Del Mar was like many races that day a freak show. My advice don’t put too much into post position. Always a big stat angle in th KD but really think about it. It is the weakest angle in the race. Those stats don’t make the race but too often the race fit the stats. Didn’t last year. My play was Key Always Dreaming /Lookin at Lucky, Battle Midway/ Classic Empire. Lookin At Lucky, Battle Midway. Stats to Hell play your picks.
At the close of pool 4 this horse was all but off the points standings list. Thus he went off at 99/1. I called the CD racing office Monday last week and a woman answering the phone confirmed he had been removed from consideration for the Derby. I Pressed why... and no other information was given. 35 years of at the windows and rabbits can still pop out of Derbies. Be sure you check inside your hats for any rabbit evidence left behind before donning them for the race Saturday.
Magnum Moon and Justify are the 2 most talented of the crop hands down! This is the deepest Derby field in many many years. Going to be an incredible year of racing from these 3 year olds. At this point I believe MM is the horse to beat in the KD. His finishing kick when challenged at the top of the stretch his last 2 races leads me to believe 1 1/4 will be ZERO problem at all.
16-1. Best value I've seen on a horse in a very long time.
Movies have, and I guess the good ones always will, grab the audience and makes them emotionally connected to the characters in that old process of suspension of disbelief. My life long good friend, Tony award nominated and star of many big movies told me the secret: "IF you do not get the audience to CARE for what happens to the actors in a dramatic scene, you have lost them." Boxing had "Rocky," Baseball, "The Natural, " "For Love of the Game," and others, "Hoosiers" was a dream come true, "Rudy" was a great one as well and Seabiscuit almost hit the mark, but there still has not been an equivalent photoplay (as my friend refers to movies as simply a PLAY on film) for racing. Once, before I leave this life, I would love to see a movie that captivated (factually) the excitement that the racing experience can bring. A movie not only that we, like but are taken in to WANT it to be true even if a bit far fetched. I like the silly premise of The Return of October, but not the overall movie: Dead uncle comes back as a horse and wins the K Derby. An aside, there is a good book called "The Race," written in part by long time DRF writer Oscar Otis, that could be a good place to start. ANy screen writers out here? Or maybe the fantastic book "Laughing in the Hills," by Bill Barich could be the template for a great photoplay.
My boy jack will hit the board! Will lavish 10furlongs!..who won't hit the board is... Just-mag-audi.... Watch and see! $$$
This horse is carrying the top mud breeding in the race. A fast pace, meltdown, he has a chance to win on an off track. Note the forecast is 50% chance of rain.

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